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Project by ivan posted 07-28-2013 05:27 PM 2384 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Lizard is made out of a limb from my orange tree which I cut down and had sitting around my shop. I couldn’t decide on what to make out of it until I saw a lizard cane made by “mpounders” He inspired me to try one of my own.

My lizard is on a 5 foot staff and measures 13.5” nose to tail tip. I found that the orange wood is very hard with smooth straight grain. I did most of the carving using power tools and burned the scales in with a Razortip burner. The scales were done one at a time with a small skew tip and took forever! I also added some extras, a small ladybug on the tip that the lizard is looking at and also some leaves behind the tail to give it some detail. I had a wonderful time with this project and learned a lot.

-- Ivan, Bay Area, California

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#1 posted 07-28-2013 05:42 PM

Ivan, that is incredible! I am very impressed with the details. Would you sell it?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 07-28-2013 05:54 PM

very cool!!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 07-28-2013 06:49 PM

Looks like mine.

-- ~Sullie

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#4 posted 07-28-2013 08:56 PM

Wow!! Now that is super nice, great carving and Burning skills!!
Mike Pounders will be proud, I know it!
Speaking of him I have not seen or heard from him lately, i hope he comes out to see this wonderful creation you have made.
Great job, keep it up! and thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 07-28-2013 10:47 PM

Very cool looking staff, the lizard looks quite real…excellent detail, well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 02:28 AM

Wow, that is a great carving! It looks very realistic! The lady bug is a great touch.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 07-29-2013 04:42 AM

Sullie, That is a cute guy. Can you get him to pose for you?

-- Ivan, Bay Area, California

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#8 posted 07-29-2013 01:37 PM

That turned out good! You should be proud. The coloring looks good also….did you do the stain or the paint?

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#9 posted 07-29-2013 09:13 PM

I did the stains. But the orange wood didn’t take the stain as dark as I thought it would so I ended up staining it twice with different colors. The first was with a light oak and it turned it yellow amber but still too light, the second I used a dark walnut to tone it down. Made a nice warm color.

-- Ivan, Bay Area, California

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#10 posted 07-30-2013 09:41 PM

That carving looks so realistic and attention to detail on the scales…excellent work!

-- How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

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#11 posted 07-31-2013 06:48 AM


You really made that walking stick look creepy! I don’t think I’d want to touch it because it just looks too real!

Thanks for sharing.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 07-31-2013 04:12 PM

Cool staff! The carving and burning is really awesome. It looks like the real thing. Impressive work!

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#13 posted 07-31-2013 08:29 PM

Wow i love it well done.

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#14 posted 08-03-2013 01:33 PM

Great job detailing!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#15 posted 08-03-2013 01:36 PM

This us excellent and very realistic. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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